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By CER News Desk on Oct 4, 2012 with 3 responses

Polls Show Overwhelming Support for Clean Energy and Climate Action

With sustainability and clean energy both hot topics nearing the end of the presidential campaign, pollsters are hitting up citizens from around the United States in order to see where the general population stands on those subjects and their relation to climate change.

The results show that Americans overwhelmingly support political efforts to reduce the effects of greenhouse gases, with most agreeing that climate change is an important issue that needs immediate attention.

One poll, conducted by independent firm Hart Research Associates, took in the opinions of 1,206 adults from across the country with widely varying political views, finding that 92 percent of them believe that it is “very important” or “somewhat important” for the United States to further develop solar power in order to achieve sustainability. (See more: First Solar May Supply World’s Largest Solar Farm)

Another poll, this one investigating not only attitudes towards climate change, but the political affiliation of those attitudes, found that 7 percent of voters remain undecided, with most of those people reporting that climate change will be one of several key factors that will determine which candidate gets their vote next month.

In an effort to explore the relation between attitudes towards climate change and location on the political spectrum, the poll’s findings indicate that 86 percent of Obama supporters believe that human-caused global warming is a reality, compared to only 45 percent of Romney supporters, suggesting that most of that undecided 7 percent could end up voting for the current president to take office for a second term. (See more: U.S. Oil Production Surges to Highest Level in 15 Years)

While climate change and sustainable energies haven’t been at the forefront of the presidential campaign thus far, the topics have seen greater exposure in the past few weeks as the Republican party made an effort to block government-offered financial incentives for the solar power industry even as President Obama was put under increased pressure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that would allow oil extracted from Canada’s oil sands to be transported to the United States.

  1. By Edward Kerr on October 5, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I was a Republican. Dick Cheney changed that. When I see the party fighting the need to change to alternative energies it breaks my heart but also helps me to realize that I was correct to become an independent voter. Anyone who can’t see the need to transition away from burning fossil fuels as quickly as possible simply doesn’t “get it”. They (fossil fuels) will run out and are causing irreparable damage to the only home that we have. There is an old saying “don’t S%&t where you eat and that’s what the Republicans now want to do.  I’m no fan of Obama but he is more correct on this overriding issue and for that fact alone I’ll hold my nose when I vote.

  2. By notKit P on October 5, 2012 at 10:09 am

    A pollster can get any answer they want depending on how you word the questions.




    Are you for or against clean energy, mom, and apple pie?




    Or you could ask, are you for or against destroying the US economy and freeze in the dark while China triples the amount of coal compared to the US?




    “Dick Cheney changed that. ”




    If you are looking for effective polices to reduce ghg, read the National Energy Policy, May 2001.




    The low hanging fruit of ghg reduction is building nukes in China to replace very dirty coal plants. American engineers in Pittsburgh and Charlotte designed four reactors which are now under construction in China. Billion of dollars in equipment is being manufactured in the US and being shipped to China.




    Four if the same design are now under construction in the US. That is eight large nukes that will run for at least 60 years at a 95% capacity factor.




    Bush/Cheney were also very good at promoting renewable energy judging by the new capacity that got built under that administration.




    As a Republican and an engineering in the power industry, I am in favor of building wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and nukes as fast as we can. I am in favor of using coal-based power with strict regulations currently in place.




    However, focusing on AGW which is a small problem that we have little worldwide control over, during a recession is really bad policy. 




  3. By Herm on October 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I wonder how that poll would go if the cost of solar was carried by electricity consumers?.. normal people in Germany are paying a lot of money for that privilege, almost 6 cents a kWh to sustain solar and windmill incentives. Industry is exempt from those charges.

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